Michael Douglas: Oral Sex May Have Caused My Throat Cancer


This Michael Douglas interview is rated NC-17! In an instantly buzzed-about interview with British paper The Guardian, the 68-year-old actor looked back on his 2010 ordeal with stage-four throat cancer — and explained why he didn't regret his many years of smoking and drinking, long thought to cause the disease.

"No," the Oscar winner said. "Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus." Married to Catherine Zeta-Jones for 13 years, Douglas continued of his oral sex theory: "I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it."

(Cameron Douglas, the star's eldest son from a previous marriage, is currently serving nearly 10 years in prison on drug charges.) Following an intensive eight-week regimen of chemotherapy and radiation, Douglas remains cancer-free today. "With this kind of cancer, 95 percent of the time it doesn't come back," he added.

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While The Guardian story goes on the explain — via medical experts — the link between oral cancer and HPV — the Behind the Candelabra star's rep clarified in a subsequent statement: "He did not say this was the cause of his cancer. In a discussion of oral cancer, he said this is one of the suspected causes. He never made it personal."

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